Workforce, training and education
Yorkshire and Humber

Description of Training Post

This position in Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology (OMFP) in Sheffield is a unique post offering the DCT to be fully integrated into a diagnostic pathology service. We are the largest NHS training unit for OMFP in the UK and you will be supervised and supported by an experienced team of three consultants and currently 4 specialist trainees. This post is ideally suited to individuals who wish to develop their skills and knowledge in this specialty. As such we are keen to nurture and develop your abilities in diagnostic pathology, allowing you to gain further experience in microscopic assessment both in diagnostic biopsies and resection work.

This will appeal to those individuals who are interested in specialty training in OMFP, with the intention that this post should put you in a strong position to apply for an one of these in the future. Many of our past DCTs have gone on to secure specialist training positions in OMFP and some of them are even consultants now!

Pattern of Working

  • The post is conducted within the department of oral and maxillofacial pathology, where we report diagnostic and resection specimens. Our macroscopic dissection of cases occurs across the road in the Royal Hallamshire hospital
  • There is no on call or evening/weekend work.

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The Oral and Maxillofacial surgery team at Sheffield are really friendly and approachable, with senior members being more than happy to help, making it a comfortable environment to work in. Every day is different and poses a new challenge. I liked that the timetable was extremely varied meaning over one week I could complete minor oral surgery, assist with oncology cases, help run clinics and provide emergency care at both  the Royal Hallamshire and Sheffield Childrens hospital. This post has opened my eyes to treatment and procedures that I never knew existed and I feel that the experience I have gained over the last year will be very valuable for my future career. - William Thorley OMFS DCT 1, 2021

I have been a DCT1 in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery in the Yorkshire and Humber Deanery for the past year. I decided to apply for DCT1 after completing my DF1 and working for 2 further years in general dental practice, as I wanted to explore different career options within dentistry. Almost a year on, I can certainly say that has been a great opportunity for learning and I have come a long way since I started. There is a lot of variety in this OMFS post and I have gained experience in the management of patients in different settings including on the ward, in theatre and in clinics. I have also successfully secured a DCT2 post in YH in Oral Pathology which I am really looking forward to. I would definitely recommend doing DCT post as it is an excellent environment to learn, build on skills and explore different specialities in dentistry.  - Riddhi Gorania OMFS DCT 1, 2021